OREGON CITY -- Clackamas Community College (CCC) was recently awarded a grant to make it easier for students to walk, bike, ride the bus and carpool to class. The college received $130,000 from Metro's Regional Travel Options program to fund the Expanding Access to Education program, which will expand transportation options for students.
The grant will increase student awareness of the CCC Xpress shuttle, which provides direct service from the Clackamas Town Center MAX station to the Oregon City and Harmony campuses. While ridership has increased 150 percent since the launch of the CCC Xpress, 35 percent of students are unaware of the shuttle. CCC will increase awareness by engaging students at college events and through social media.
Additionally, the grant will allow CCC to promote and manage a TriMet pass program. TriMet plays a key role in improving access to education, as 9 percent of students use TriMet to commute to class. Students are currently able to save $100 by purchasing TriMet passes for the term through CCC, and the grant will allow CCC to monitor and promote the program to maximize the number of students participating.
The grant will also help students find carpool partners, identify barriers that prevent students from biking to CCC and guide the implementation of a wayfinding signage system. CCC will track student commute choices and program effectiveness through an annual transportation survey.
"Lack of access to a car is the number one transportation-related reason students are unable to complete a class," CCC Transportation Systems Analyst Luke Norman said. "So we're working hard to ensure that students are aware of all the ways to get to CCC."
Clackamas Community College has a historical and growing commitment to offering educational programs that lead to living-wage jobs. The college's associate and certificate offerings address 52 percent of the state's and Clackamas County's high-demand and high-wage jobs. The college awarded 1,566 degrees and certificates in the 2015-16 school year and more than 11,000 in the last 10 years.
For more information about transportation options to CCC, visit www.clackamas.edu/transportation.